Editing Workshops with the Publishing Training Centre

Editing Workshops with the Publishing Training Centre
27 Mar 2018 at 05:00 pm
27 Mar 2018 at 07:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,

We are now fully booked for our March 2018 seminars, but will continue to accept applications for a reserve list and are looking into ways to run these sessions again in 2018. Please email us to register interest.

The Literary Consultancy is delighted to announce a series of three free training seminars for aspiring professional editors from backgrounds that are currently under-represented in the publishing community and the book trade. This includes those on low-income, BAME, disabled, and members of the LGBTQ community. We also have a small travel bursary available for those travelling in from outside of London. We are particularly proud to announce these seminars as a partnership endeavour with The Publishing Training Centre.

The participants on the What is Proofreading? and What is Copy-Editing? seminars will be given six months’ free access to the corresponding PTC e-Learning Modules, and all participants will be given a voucher offering 50% discount on the cost of any PTC one-day or two-day classroom course.

The initiative is part of TLC’s and PTC’s mutual commitment to improving inclusivity in the publishing industry, with a focus on the editorial workforce. This follows both the Spread the Word-commissioned Writing the Future report, highlighting the lack of cultural diversity within the UK’s publishing workforce, and findings from the latest bookcareers.com survey, which indicated that more than 90% of the publishing workforce identify as white British.

What is Proofreading? with Caroline Knight

Tuesday 13 March 5-7pm, Free Word Centre 

‘Proofreading’ means different things in different contexts. For a publisher, proofreading relates to checking the publication content in its final layout, with illustrations, tables, footnotes etc. in the most appropriate position. This seminar presents an overview of the role of a proofreader, what they are looking for and what they should change.

What is Rewriting and Substantive Editing? with Andrew Steeds

Tuesday 20 March 5-7pm, Free Word Centre 

Rewriting and substantive editing are terms used to describe a form of interventionist editing that is undertaken when a text is judged to have more wrong with it than can be put right in the standard editorial process. To be done effectively, rewriting requires an editor to develop a strategy for putting the text right that is based on a clear analysis of what is wrong with it and which also guarantees the writer’s approval of the proposed changes. This seminar outlines an approach to take to this kind of interventionist editing and offers the opportunity to try out the process on a number of problematic texts.

What is Copy-Editing? with Caroline Knight

Tuesday 27 March 5-7pm, Free Word Centre 

Copy-editing is the process of preparing a document for publication. The role of the copy-editor is to make the author’s message clear and accessible to readers and to mark up the manuscript for the typesetter. It is a complex job, which requires an understanding of not just language and grammar but also production processes, typography and design conventions. It covers the structure, organisation and writing style of the text, as well as legal issues, such as copyright and libel.

Book a Ticket

To book a ticket, please email TLC Director Aki Schilz at with a brief personal/professional biography, and a few lines about why you would like to attend. Please specify the seminar you are interested in attending. You may apply to attend one, two, or all three sessions. Please also let us know if you are a member of one of the communities we are interested in reaching with this initiative i.e., BAME, disabled, on low-income, or a member of the LGBTQ community. Please note we will not share any of your personal details; this is for monitoring purposes only. By signing up for a ticket you are committing to attend this free event, and understand that TLC and PTC may be in touch with you in order to track and evaluate the success of the scheme following your attendance at the seminars.

About the seminar leaders

Caroline Knight began her career in publishing at Penguin Books in 1989, when she joined Editorial 2, the department dedicated to copy-editing. She has been a PTC tutor since 1996 and a freelancer since 2010.

Caroline became managing editor of Allen Lane The Penguin Press in 1995 before moving to Weidenfeld & Nicolson Illustrated in 1997. She lived in Greece, working freelance and tutoring at the PTC, from 2000 to 2003, when she became managing editorial director at William Heinemann, an imprint of the Random House group. Five years later, she moved to Atlantic Books, where she stayed until 2010 when she moved to rural Kent and rejoined the freelance community.

Among others, she has worked with Alastair Campbell, Vince Cable, David Willetts, Margaret Drabble and the late Herman Leonard, as well as a wide variety of others less famous. She enjoys editing both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular leaning towards history and politics.

Andrew Steeds was originally a secondary teacher of English, before becoming a copy-editor at the educational publisher Thomas Nelson in the 1980s, following a short spell in educational research. He worked on the English and modern languages lists, becoming a commissioning editor for English and drama before leaving to take up similar positions at Macmillan and Hodder & Stoughton.

The publishing world fell into one of its periods of turbulence in the early 1990s. With a freelance career looking marginally more secure, Andrew left Hodder to set himself up independently in 1991. He hasn’t looked back.

Andrew’s main area of interest has become the clarification of unnecessarily complicated documents, in terms of how they are written and designed. In Simply Put and the Writing Clinic (which he set up as a virtual co-operative), he works on his own, with designers and with others to enable clients to communicate more clearly and more efficiently with their readers.

About the PTC

The Publishing Training Centre is a network of over 50 publishing and training professionals focused solely on delivering training courses for the publishing industry and developing publishing skills.

As an independent charitable foundation The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) was established to provide cost-effective and high-quality training for publishers in the UK and overseas. The PTC’s first measure of success is how many people pass through its doors to train on courses that have to meet exacting standards.

The PTC is a signatory of the Publishing Equalities Charter and now invites all delegates on its course to complete a diversity data questionnaire to help EQUIP understand the employee profile of those working in the publishing industry and to promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting.

PTC courses provide specific learning outcomes that are designed to make an immediate, positive difference back at the office. All PTC tutors are practitioners first and foremost, which means that they bring their real-world experience with them to the courses they teach, enriching the experience for students and making the courses more practical.

PTC’s work is overseen by a dedicated Board of Trustees, who have a broad range of experience and expertise in the publishing industry. PTC began life as the training division of the Publishers Association and became independent in the 1970s under the auspices of The Unwin Trust. It originally traded as Book House Training Centre until it transformed into The Publishing Training Centre Foundation in the 1990s. In 2016 the PTC registered with The Living Wage Foundation to be recognised as a Living Wage employer.

The Publishing Training Centre Foundation – Registered Charity Number: 1083081

TLC’s Commitment 

“We are delighted to announce this important new partnership with the PTC, whose commitment to editorial excellence is very much in line with TLC’s steady eye on literary values. The industry is seeing a real groundswell of important initiatives supporting writers from all backgrounds, but without a change in the diversity of champions working within the industry itself, the scale of change overall is unlikely to be enough to make the kind of difference needed to create an environment in which the literature we are reading truly reflects the richness of life as we know it.

“We hope that by offering this professional development opportunity, we might inspire some of the editors of the future, who will be working on, developing, and commissioning new writing, whether in-house or at the helms of their own as-yet unimagined new publishing platforms, bringing great literature to as many readers as possible.” – Aki Schilz, TLC Director